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My Great Great Grandfather, John Wesley Johnson, was born in Antrim, Ireland, in 1846 and came to Canada (before it was Canada) in 1864. He sailed the Great Lakes and then became an accountant, principal of Ontario Business College, then mayor of Belleville 1897 to 1901, and finally MPP for West Hastings in 1908
Push Factors to come to Canada: The biggest push factor was the potato famine in the 1860s. It caused all sorts of disease and it was a devastating time. Another push factor was that John could not get a job in Ireland because it was very difficult to get hired. The final push factor was that there were a lot of other people heading for Canada also.
Pull factors fro moving to Canada: A big pull factor for John to move to Canada was that there was so much opportunity to create a new life in Canada. Another pull factor is that there was a lot of potential for jobs and there was a lot of economic growth. The final pull factor is that there were so many natural resources being discovered at the time in Canada.
Although John was excited and ready to make his move, there are some challenges he had to face while immigrating to Canada. One of these challenges is that it was a long journey sailing from Ireland to Canada. It would have taken between 40 days and three months. Another challenge is that when coming to a new country, you have no idea what will happen and how it will go.
Benefits of coming to Canada: There are lots of new jobs, economic activity, and it's a whole new country that you can come to a create a fresh start. There's so much to do!
6 Major Characteristics of Irish Culture: - food: roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, potatoes - beer/alcohol/drinking - top hats, long coats (men) - long dresses with big skirts (women) - fiddle, harp, accordion, Irish whistle - protestant
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